06062018-CT-01.qxd 6/6/2018 1:09 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 6 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH ‘Enhancement notices’ Snag hits water supply Milli beats Avneet Residents of trans-Ghaggar sectors protest against ‘enhancement notices’. P2 Residents face acute water shortage after a technical fault at waterworks in Sector 26. P3 Milli overcomes Avneet in a hard-fought three-setter in tennis championship. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 40°C MIN 31°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.9°C MIN 31.8°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.22 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.21 AM Sector 38 school worst performer, only 8% clear Class X Others no better; pass percentage of govt schools down to 48.51 from last year’s 94.7; experts blame no-detention policy, grace marks for poor show Bhartesh Singh Thakur 12 WORST GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 5 Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 38 (West), Chandigarh, has a pass percentage of just 7.94 in Class X, the worst among government schools. It implies that over 92 per cent students in the school did not pass. There were 126 students in Class X and only 10 passed. As many as 61 students have got a compartment and 55 have failed. Officiating Principal Rajinder Pal Kaur cites the sudden change in the pattern (from the CGPA to marks) and grace marks to Class IX students to promote them to Class X among the reasons for the poor show. Government Model High School (GMHS), Sector 22-C, had 37 students in Class X of whom just three have passed. The pass percentage is 8.11, implying that close to 92 per Sr. No. School Pass percentage 1. GMSSS, Sector 38 (West) 7.94% 2. GMHS, Sector 22-C 8.11% 3. GMHS, Karsan 13.1% 4. GMHS, Sector 11 15.09% 5. GHS, Sector 38-B 15.38% 6. GHS, Sector 19 18.92% 7. GMHS, Sector 25 19.35% 8. GMHS, Dhanas-II 19.79% 9. GSSS, Khuda Ali Sher 19.83% 10. GMHS, Sector 31-C 21.43% 11. GHS, Sector 24 21.88% 12. GMHS, Sector 7 22.03% The total pass percentage of government schools this year is 48.51, a dip of 46.19 points from last year. cent students could not pass. The school is the second worst among government schools in the Class X results. The officiating head of the school refused to comment on the poor results. The list of the worst performing government schools in the Class X results, where around 80 per cent students could not pass, reflects that not just those on the periphery have ended up with poor results, but those within the city are equally bad. If the GMHS, Karsan, has close to 87 per cent students who flunked in Class X, the GMHS, Sector 11, has close to 85 per cent students who could not pass. 7 of Kharar family die in Palwal mishap 9 hurt; were on way to attend wedding in Mathura in a pick-up Shashi Pal Jain DRIVER DOZED OFF Kharar, June 5 Seven members of a Kharar family were killed while nine others sustained serious injuries when the pick-up van they were travelling in met with an accident on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway at Palwal in Haryana early on Tuesday morning. The accident occurred when the driver of the pickup van reportedly dozed off at the wheel, the police said. The migrant family was on its way from Badali village near Kharar to Mathura to attend a wedding, Palwal Superintendent of Police (SP) Waseem Akram said. “There was negligence on the part of the driver. He was feeling sleepy, but continued to drive; he dozed off at the wheel,” the SP said. The driver, who survived, told the police that the accident took place at 4.30 am when a container truck hit the van from the rear side. Passengers sitting in the rear portion of the van were killed. The injured are undergoing treatment at hospitals in Del- “There was negligence on the part of the driver. He was feeling sleepy, but continued to drive; he dozed off at the wheel,”Palwal SP Waseem Akram said. The driver, who survived, told the police that the accident took place at 4.30 am when a container truck hit the pick-up. hi, Mathura and Palwal. Back home, a pall of gloom descended on Badali village as the news of the tragedy spread. The house of the ill-fated family was locked. Neighbours recalled how the victims left the house on Monday night in a happy mood to attend a relative’s wedding in Mathura. While the family head, Dharamvir, survived, he lost his wife Omvati, son Jatin Kumar, brother Devi Singh, cousin Vijay Pal, Vijay’s daughter Seema, nephew’s daughter Ananyan and uncle Vijay. The seriously injured included Dharamvir’s three daughters — Pooja Rani, Mamta and Rakhi — and six relatives. Speaking to this correspondent over the phone, Dharamvir, who works at a gas agency in the nearby Lakhnaur village, said his nephew Parveen had a pickup van. On Monday night, they all gathered at his house in Kharar and boarded the pick-up to leave for Mathura at 10 pm. Parveen was driving the pick-up. Since the pick-up was packed to capacity, Dharamvir was riding his motorcycle and was following the family and relatives travelling in the van. A visit to Dharamvir’s place revealed that his newly constructed house was lying locked. The neighbours had no information about the accident. One of the neighbours, Pooja, said Dharamvir had constructed the house last year and shifted to it in September. “We enjoyed cordial relations with Dharamvir’s family and used to remain at each other’s house most of the time,” said Pooja, who was given the keys of the house by Dharamvir before leaving on Monday night. 5,567 OF 10,850 STUDENTS COULDN’T PASS Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the government schools have been following the policy of no detention till Class VIII. In Class IX, the schools are following the policy of giving 15 grace marks to those who otherwise would not be able GRACE MARKS POLICY EXPERTSPEAK “What I find missing among teachers is that they UNDER SCANNER Education Secretary BL Sharma said, “I don’t understand these grace marks. A student either passes or fails. Only God is gracious. If someone else is gracious, he should be ready to face ignominy.” He has sought data on students who have been promoted with grace marks to Class X. “We will hold six-monthly tests and those who do not qualify will be detained. Merit has to be emphasised. We are ready for extra classes. Teachers have to teach, otherwise they would be sent home,” he said. to make it to Class X. In 2017, the grace marks were given to promote the otherwise ineligible students to Class 10. A total of 10,850 students appeared for the Class X exams, but 5,567 students, 51.49 per cent, could not pass. In 2018, the pass percentage is 48.51, whereas in 2017, it cannot empathise with the problems of new-age students. The natural curiosity and energy of government school students are not tapped. Government schoolteachers are not result-oriented unlike private schools as they are not answerable to anyone. The no-detention policy is a bane. The students are not serious till Class VIII. When they reach the first obstacle, which is Class X, they fail. The RTE Act should be reviewed in view of the ground realities,” said Prof Latika Sharma, chairperson, Department of Education, PU. Associate Professor, Department of Education, PU, Kuldeep Kaur, said, “The concept of nodetention policy has been brought from the USA. So, something has been lost in spirit. The outcome is in front of us. It should be looked at. However, our research on comprehensive and continuous evaluation (CCE) reflects that students and teachers are satisfied with it.” 150 SCHOOLS IN UP HAD ZERO PASS PERCENTAGE In the Uttar Pradesh board exams, 150 schools had zero pass percentage. In 98 schools, no student passed the Class X exams and in 52 schools, no student passed the Class XII exams. was 94.7. There is a dip of 46.19 points. “The no-detention policy and continuous and comprehensive evaluation are one of the reasons behind the downgrade in the level of learning and results of students. When all students are passed, no lessens are learnt by them and they take everything for granted. As a number of students are being promoted from Class IX to Class X with grace marks, everyone has to pay the price when the same undeserving students fail in the Class X board exams,” said Arvind Rana, president of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Welfare Association. Bhag Singh Kairon, presi- dent of the Joint Action Committee of teachers, also pointed out that a number of schools had only officiating heads. “We shouldn’t promote weak students to Class X. The student-teacher ratio should be as per the RTE norms. We shouldn’t be involved in non-teaching work,” he said. Minor found pregnant, Child falls to death neighbour arrested Chandigarh, June 5 The police have arrested a 20year-old security guard for allegedly raping a minor girl, who is his neighbour. The victim is three-month pregnant. Sources said the 15-yearold victim complained of stomach ache after which her parents took her to a dispensary, where doctors discovered that the victim was three-month pregnant. The victim’s parents submitted a complaint to the police after which a case of rape was registered at the Sector 19 police station. Inspector Davinder Singh, SHO, said the accused, Vijender Kumar, had been arrested in the case. The accused was produced in the court and sent to judicial custody. —TNS Chandigarh, June 5 and informed his family. A one-and-a-half-year-old The minor was rushed to child died after he accidental- the GMSH, Sector 16, from ly fell from the second where doctors referred floor of a house at him to the PGI where Bapu Dham Colony, he died on Monday Sector 26, on Monday. night. Victim’s father The victim has been Mohan Lal is an auto identified as Deepak. driver. The police have Sources said he was ruled out any foul play Deepak playing in the balcony in the incident. Inquest of the house when the sud- proceedings have been initidenly fell. ated at the Sector 26 police Residents saw the victim station. —TNS Cool comfort TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 9.30 am to 10.30 am: Parts of Sector 39, 40, 42, 55 and 56, Attawa, Palsora and Maloya villages, and Maloya Colony 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 16 and 17 Winds, showers bring respite Tribune News Service Residents were in for a surprise when the weather suddenly changed on Tuesday night and rain lashed the city. Chandigarh, June 5 Strong winds coupled with thundershowers brought respite to residents from the rising mercury on Tuesday night. The Met Department had earlier issued a storm warning for the city. Earlier in the day, the city witnessed scorching heat with the temperature nearly touching the 40°C mark. The weather conditions changed at night as strong winds and thundershowers lashed the city around 10.30 pm. The Met Department said similar weather conditions would prevail over the next few days. Heavy rain and winds were also witnessed in Mohali. P’kula to use NASA tech to battle mosquitoes UT health care set to get Municipal Commissioner gives the go-ahead for installing mosquito-killing machines a boost, High Court told Rajinder S Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 5 After having failed to deal with the mosquito menace, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has now come up with the idea of using National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) technology. Panchkula Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal has given approval for installation of mosquitokilling machines, developed with technical assistance from NASA. With this, Panchkula will become the first civic body in KEY FEATURES HOW THE MACHINE FUNCTIONS ! The machine can reduce mosquito The mosquito-killing machine relies on the mosquitoes’ natural hunting techniques of heat sensing and carbon dioxide detection. It mimics body temperatures and breathing patterns of humans, horses, livestock, poultry and domesticated pets with the release of carbon dioxide. Through thermal imagery and precisely measured releases of CO2, mosquitoes are attracted to the unit, and captured and eliminated. A photo sensor turns the unit on at night and off during daylight. population in a large area ! It attracts mosquitoes, and then vacuums them into the unit where they are quickly and quietly eliminated. ! Developed with technical assistance from NASA ! It only kills mosquitoes and spares beneficial insects and pests, which are good for the environment Haryana to use the NASA technology to fight the mosquito menace, the MC Commissioner said. Giving details, Jogpal said initially they would install 10 such machines at public places, primarily in slum areas. Recently, a team of the Panchkula MC had visited the South Delhi Municipal Corporation,where they were c m y b using similar machines. The approximate cost of a machine would be Rs 2.5 lakh, he said, adding that earlier there were only four fogging machines, but this year they had 27 such machines. Door-to-door inspection work had already been started by the MC and other departments, he said. DENGUE CASES HAD DIPPED LAST YEAR Last year, there were around 90 dengue and 182 malaria cases in Panchkula against 186 dengue cases and 179 malaria cases in 2016. Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 5 The health care facilities in Chandigarh are all set to turn robust with the UT Administration all set to establish a trauma and emergency block at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, besides construction of a new intensive care unit at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and setting up of hospitals in Sector 48 and Maloya. Information to this effect was furnished before the Pun- GMCH to have trauma & emergency block, GMSH ICU; Sec 48, Maloya to get hospitals jab and Haryana High Court during the hearing of a bunch of petitions on ailing health care facilities in the region. As the case came up for resumed hearing, an affidavit by UT Health Secretary Anurag Aggarwal was placed before Justice Rajan Gupta’s Bench. Referring to the affidavit, UT senior standing counsel Suvir Sehgal submitted that a meeting to deliberate on and discuss at length all issues was held on May 18 pursuant to an order passed by Justice Gupta’s Bench on May 14. Among others, it was attended the Director, Health and Family Welfare, Dr G Dewan, and the GMCH Director-Principal, Dr BS Chavan. Regarding upgrade of facilities at the GMCH, it was decided that a 193-bedded trauma and emergency block would be set up immediately. continued on page 2
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